Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 14, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Discussing the topic of ghosts can be an intriguing and beneficial subject for English learners to explore, fostering language proficiency and communication skills. It encourages learners to delve into descriptive vocabulary, enabling them to vividly depict apparitions, eerie settings and supernatural phenomena.

Engaging in conversations about ghosts also prompts the use of storytelling techniques, enhancing narrative skills and creativity. Moreover, discussing this topic provides an opportunity to practice expressing opinions, debating beliefs and engaging in critical thinking.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Ghosts

Ghosts are mysterious beings that people have been fascinated by for a long time. They are said to be spirits that wander between the world of the living and the dead. Ghosts are often portrayed as see-through figures or dark shadows. They appear in stories about haunted houses and strange encounters.

People are intrigued by ghosts because they raise questions about what happens after we die and whether there is a spiritual world. Some people believe in ghosts, while others think they are just products of imagination. Regardless, ghosts continue to be a captivating subject that sparks our curiosity and inspires spooky tales.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • ghost (noun)
  • scare (verb)
  • scared (adjective)
  • frightening (adjective)
  • frighten (verb)
  • demon (noun)
  • devil (noun)
  • soul (noun)
  • afterlife (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Are ghosts real?
  • Have you ever seen a ghost?
  • Does the thought of ghosts scare you?
  • Do you know anyone who claims to have seen a ghost?
  • Do you believe the videos you see on the internet of ghosts?
  • Can you say with any certainty that they don’t exist?
  • If you believe ghost exists, what do you think they are?
  • Do you think belief in ghosts is harmful or beneficial to individuals and society?
  • If ghosts were proven to exist, how do you think it would change people's beliefs and behaviours?
  • Would you stay in a house or hotel that was said to be haunted?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.